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I thought I could somehow get caught up enough to do a year-end wrap up on time, but alas. A few more posts to come! Sorry if I end up spamming you with many book and movie posts this weekend!


Freedom -Jonathan Franzen
I loved this! A big, sprawling, amazing family saga. Deserving of all the praise it's been getting, for sure.

God of Carnage -Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
I had heard this play was amazing, and I'd still like to see it on stage sometime, but on the page, it didn't do it for me. The characters are all mean and unpleasant and just yell at each other a lot. Oy.

Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America -Barbara Ehrenreich
Considering I threw "The Secret" across the room when I read it, this book is right up my alley. She explores the history and the dark side of the positive thinking movement, and has chapters on everything from cancer treatment to the recent economic crisis. Really well-researched and reasoned, eminently sensible and clear-headed. I loved it!

The Year of the Flood -Margaret Atwood
I probably should have re-read Oryx and Crake before reading this--I didn't realize they were both in the same universe, and I'd forgotten most of O&C. Regardless, this was awesome! Margaret Atwood gives good dystopia. Super compelling and weird, dark, funny, all around great.
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